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Fukuoka airport to Yufuin

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Yufuin 湯布院 (sometimes alternatively written as 由布院) is a small town in Oita Prefecture, Japan, located in the mountains of Kyushu. It is known for its hot springs, which have been used for centuries for their healing properties. Yufuin is also a popular destination for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.


The history of Yufuin dates back to the Nara period (710-794). At that time, the area was known as Yufune, and it was a popular destination for royalty and the wealthy. In the Edo period (1603-1868), Yufuin became even more popular as a popular destination for people to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. This was due to a number of factors, including the development of new transportation routes, the rise of the merchant class, and the increasing popularity of hot springs as a form of recreation and medicine. Yufuin's popularity continued to grow in the Meiji period (1868-1912), and the town became a popular destination for both Japanese and foreign tourists. In the Taisho period (1912-1926), Yufuin was known as a "spa town" and was a popular destination for people to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.


We got to Yufuin by car which we picked up from Fukuoka Airport. We regular rent our cars from Toyota.


Because it was rainy, we stopped at Aeon Mall Chikushino (イオンモール筑紫野). It is the largest shopping mall in the prefecture and is home to over 200 stores, including department stores, supermarkets, clothing stores, and restaurants. The mall also has a movie theater, an indoor amusement park, and a karaoke bar.


We loaded up on snacks, water and baby related stuff (pampers, diapers). Aeon mall has always been our one-stop shop for all our basic needs.


We decided to make Ryojinmaru (龍神丸) our lunch destination, primarily because it offered suitable options for our baby son.


As we approached the restaurant, our little one's mouth began to water as he gazed at the enticing spread of food on display. It was a clear sign that this was the perfect place for us to stop and satisfy our hunger.


These are bonito fish slices, cooked using a traditional grilling method called "warayaki." Warayaki involves grilling the fish over straw fire, which gives it a unique smoky flavor and enhances its natural oils. The fish is usually skewered on long bamboo poles and roasted. As the piece of grilled bonito touches your tongue, the distinct flavor imparted by the warayaki method becomes apparent. The straw fire grilling technique infuses the fish with a rich smokiness, enhancing its natural oils and lending a unique and enticing aroma.


Yufuin is another 1hr away from this point.


Aeon Mall Chikushino イオンモール筑紫野

〒818-0042 福岡県筑紫野市立明寺434番地1

9am-10pm







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